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Anne Lister Was History’s Most Scandalous Temptress

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Anne Lister kept a diary where she divulged the dirty details of her scandalous lovemaking. To protect these sordid confessions from prying eyes, she invented a special code that wasn’t cracked for years. This queer icon wrote about every woman she ever seduced—every risk she ever took. Dubbed “the first modern lesbian,” Anne’s life gleamed with extraordinary scandal. 1. She Was Always DifferentFrom the very beginning, Anne Lister was not your typical little girl. Born in 1791, she quickly grew into an “unmanageable tomboy,” puzzling her parents with her wayward personality. By the time she wa…

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